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New Delhi . The petitioners have now moved the Supreme Court after the Delhi High Court refused to stop the Central Vista redevelopment project during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier, the Delhi High Court in its order not only dismissed the petition, but also imposed a fine of Rs one lakh on the petitioners.

Now the petitioner translator Anya Malhotra and historian and documentary film producer Sohail Hashmi have sought a stay on the decision of the Delhi High Court. They have claimed that the High Court has dismissed the petition on mere face value without any investigation, besides misinterpreting their true intentions without any reason.

The petitioners in their contention that their petition was purely related to public health and safety, as the dreadful second wave of Kovid devastated the city of Delhi and exposed the poor health system here, but the High Court Considered it an attack on the Central Vista redevelopment project.

It has also been argued in the petition that there is a possibility of super spreader (rapid infection) in the ongoing construction activity and movement of workers living in different parts of the city from the site to their residences for the workers and the residents of Delhi. There is a serious risk to health and safety.

The petition, filed through advocate Nitin Saluja, has also contended that the High Court has wrongly concluded that the petitioners have specifically chosen only one project. Whereas it was not noticed that the petition had also sought suo motu cognizance of those projects which are violating the Kovid Protocol or the orders of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority.

The petition also stated that the High Court wrongly and without any justification or ground considered the petition to be motivated by ulterior motives and lack of genuineness and imposed a fine on the petitioners. The High Court wrongly took the original intention of the petitioners.

Earlier, the High Court had said that the Central Vista project is of national importance and is to be completed within a time bound schedule by November 2021. The court noted that the public is widely interested in the project, which includes a new triangular Parliament building. (IANS)

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